Skip to main content

Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

See other formats

1742]                   To Horace Mann                     163
presented the merchants' petition, signed by three hundred of them, and drawn up by Leonidas Glovers. This is to be heard next Wednesday. This gold chain came into Parliament cried up for his parts, but proves so dull, one would think he chewed opium. Earle says,' By God, I have heard an oyster speak as well twenty times.'
Well, now I come to yesterday: we met, not expecting much business. Five of our members were gone to the York election, and the three Lord Beauclerks4 to their mother's funeral at Windsor; for that old beauty St. Albans * is dead at last. On this they depended for getting the majority, and towards three o'clock, when we thought of breaking up, poured in their most violent questions: one was a motion for leave to bring in the Place Bill, to limit the number of placemen in the House. This was not opposed, because, out of decency, it is generally suffered to pass the Commons, and is thrown out by the Lords; only Colonel Cholmondeley5 desired to know if they designed to limit the number of those that have promises of places, as well as of those that have places now. I must
8 Glover, a merchant, author of     Topham, of Windsor, to leave "him
Leonidas, apoem;J3oatZiC€a,atragedy,      an  estate.   He was the father of
&o.    Walyole.                                        Tophara Beauclerk.   (See note by
* Lord Vere, Lord Henry, and     Horace Walpole in Works  of Sir
Lord Sidney Beauclerk, sons of the     C. H. Williams, vol. i. p. 47.) Duchess Dowager of St. Albans, who         B Lady Diana Vere, eldest daughter,
is painted among the Beauties at     and eventually heiress, of Aubrey
Hampton  Court.     Walpole. — Lord     Vere, twentieth Earl of Oxford; m.
Vere  Beauclerk  (1699-1781),  third     (1694) Charles Beauclerk, first Duke
son of first Duke of St. Albans; or.     of St. Albans; d. Jan. 15, 1742. Baron  Vere   of   Hanworth,   1750;         ff Colonel  James  Cholmondeley,
served  in  the  navy  and  became     brother of the Earl.   Walpole.—B.
Admiral of the Blue; Lord of the     1708; d. 1775; second son of second
Admiralty,   1738-49.    Lord   Henry     Earl of Cholmondeley; served in the
Beauclerk (1701-1761), fourth son of     army, and was present at the battle
first Duke of St. Albans ; served in     ofPontenoy; took part in the Scotch
the  army and became  Colonel of     campaign of 1745-46.   He greatly
foot.  Lord Sidney Beauclerk (1702-     distinguished himself at the battle
1744), fifth son of first Duke of St.      of Ealkirk.   He became a General
Albans;  Vice-Chamberlain  of the     of foot,   and was Colonel  of the
Household, 1740. He was a notorious     Inniskilling Dragoons, fortune-hunter, and induced a Mr.
M 2